Demand a True Town Hall Meeting from Norfolk Southern Railroad
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Norfolk Southern Railroad is accelerating its plan to raise bridges in order to drive much longer and heavier double-stacked trains along a 20 mile route through the North Side, Manchester, parts of the City, Swissvale, Braddock and North Braddock. The work will begin immediately, to be completed by 2020. The railroad has openly admitted that highly hazardous and toxic materials will be transported along these lines. This means human waste sludge from New York and New Jersey, radioactive fracking sand, and many more railcars filled with gas and oil. The extra weight and vibration presents a heightened safety concern given the condition of aging underlying sewage/water pipes and infrastructure. Beyond that, the noise (increased exponentially by greater train weight on the wheels) and the additional black carbon diesel air pollution from the increased train traffic will reduce the quality of life of the residents of these dense urban neighborhoods, and will negatively impact protected historic parks, landmarks and properties. Before work commences, the deleterious effects along the new route must be balanced against the railroad’s profits and the needs of interstate commerce. In fact the law requires it. Residents of the affected communities should attend a public meeting on June 26, 2018, from 6pm-8pm at the Children’s Museum on the North Side.
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